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Atatürk
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 5:43:39 AM

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At her death in 1999, at the age of 91, Oseola McCarty bequeathed $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi. For her generosity, she received an honorary degree from the university and the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian award in the United States. Her gift was all the more extraordinary because she earned her living washing clothes.

What does "living washing clothes" mean in the above?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 6:10:24 AM

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It’s “earned her living” that’s how she kept a roof over her head and food on the table.

Earn a living.

“Washing clothes” is how she did it, by doing other peoples laundry but it could have been by cleaning houses or a a top class surgeon it doesn’t matter.
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She earned her living BY washing clothes.
Washing clothes was her livelihood.
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Atatürk wrote:
At her death in 1999, at the age of 91, Oseola McCarty bequeathed $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi. For her generosity, she received an honorary degree from the university and the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian award in the United States. Her gift was all the more extraordinary because she earned her living washing clothes.

What does "living washing clothes" mean in the above?

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Oseola McCarty was a washerwoman who never married and had no children. She spent a lifetime making other people look nice. Day after day, for most of her 87 years, she took in bundles of dirty clothes and made them clean and neat for parties she never attended, weddings to which she was never invited, graduations she never saw.

The expression "earned her living washing clothes" conveys the literal sense exactly as already explained.
Atatürk
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 12:37:15 PM

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Wow, so extraordinary that such parsing didn't occur to me at all!
Is it possible to save so much money by washing clothes there in the USA? Think
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She probably didn't fool away much.
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